London, Ontario – On behalf of all of the partners, lawyers and staff, Harrison Pensa congratulates Employment and General Litigation Lawyer, Mana Khami, who will soon be receiving an Ontario Volunteer Service Award (OVSA) for her five-year commitment to Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London, Ontario. Her dedication is remarkable and we are proud to have her on our team.
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration carefully reviews each nomination for the OVSA and selects the candidates. The award recognizes volunteers who provide committed and dedicated service to an organization. The award will be presented at a special ceremony and hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Mana has continually strived to make her world a better place through her hard work, determination, and selfless contributions to the community she serves as evidenced by the fact that she was previously selected as a Top 20 Under 40 award recipient in 2015.
About Mana Khami
As one our leading young lawyers, Mana Khami manages a busy and diversified litigation practice providing practical advice and careful guidance to individuals, corporations and municipalities on a wide range of legal issues. Both individual and organizational clients frequently call on Mana to review employment contracts and termination packages or to handle appeals of CPP, WSIB and OHSA cases. She also helps clients who are dealing with human rights violations, breach of contract cases, defamation matters, or issues involving election law.
Mana also significantly contributes to her legal profession outside the firm. As a former graduate of Western University, Mana is also a Western University Faculty of Law, Facilitator whereby she assists in teaching the Litigation Practice course. She is also a Mooting Judge for various moots at Western Law. Mana is also a Western University Faculty of Law Small Claims Court Project Supervisor where she attends sessions at a local library and helps law students provide free legal advice to those who cannot afford legal services. She participates in the Brescia College Professional Mentoring Program whereby she mentors undergraduate students who want to become lawyers and in the past, volunteered her time with the Saunders Secondary School Law Project where she helped teach a high school law class. Furthermore, Mana is an active member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Middlesex Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association where she is frequently called upon to present on various topics for the benefit of other legal professionals. In 2014, Mana also helped develop the litigation curriculum for the Ryerson Law Practice Program (LLP), which is a program that offers an alternative to the traditional articling program.
The wider London community also benefits from Mana’s expertise, time and energy. Over the years, Mana has served on multiple board of directors for a variety of charities and non-profits and has been involved in many fundraising events. Among her current volunteer roles, Mana serves as a Board Member of the London Lawyers Feed the Hungry and its “Court House Rocks” Committee and she is currently serving on the Fanshawe College Research Ethics Board. She is also on the Board of a local riding association. Mana previously served as an Executive Board Member for the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre for 6 years and volunteered her time at the Regional HIV/Aids Connection for 6 years and a Board Member and the President of the Board. In 2014, Mana volunteered her time to the Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London by participating as one of five narrators in the 7th annual presentation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Executive Directors, boards and committee peers frequently highlight her hard work, dedication, competency and insightful guidance and her unwavering commitment and passion to making our community a better place. In 2015, Mana was also a recipient of London’s Top 20 Under 40 award.